Short Circuit 189 | Supreme Court Preview, OT 2021

For the fifth year in a row the Center for Judicial Engagement travels to the University of North Carolina School of Law to preview the upcoming Supreme Court term. Once again there’s trivia, deep dives on a couple cases about to be argued, and a couple cert petitions. Professor Andy Hessick battles IJ attorney Justin Pearson for top SCOTUS trivia dog and your host Anthony Sanders enjoys the first LIVE Short Circuit since the world shut down.

Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, PLLC, https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/cummings-v-premier-rehab-keller-p-l-l-c/
City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas, Inc., https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/city-of-austin-texas-v-reagan-national-advertising-of-texas-inc/
Mohamud v. Weyker , https://ij.org/case/federal-police-immunity-cert-petitions/
Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety, https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/torres-v-texas-department-of-public-safety/
Andy Hessick, https://law.unc.edu/people/andrew-hessick/
Justin Pearson, https://ij.org/staff/justin-pearson/
Anthony Sanders, https://ij.org/staff/asanders/

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